Palakottai Masala / Poriyal
Chettinad Palakottai Masala / Poriyal
When I was young palakottai were sold in the road side jackfruit vendors. My mother used to buy palakottai in numbers (100 seeds for one rupee) and made with palakottai masala, mandi and palakai (palakai means variety of vegetables) kulmbu. But nowadays it is so rare to see palakottai.  They sell the jack fruit with seeds. During may a jackfruit exhibition was organized at Chennai trade centre. In there they sold palakottai and some other jackfruit products. I bought one packet seeds from there. I asked the recipe to my mother and made. Came out well.

Palakottai Masala / Poriyal

Let us see how to make
Preparation time         - 20 minutes
Cooking time - 25 minutes
Serves - 4
Palakottai Masala / Poriyal Ingredients:
Palakottai (Jack fruit seed) - 30
Onion - 1
Tomato - 1 small
Garlic flakes - 6
Ginger - ¼ inch
Sambar powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
Salt        - as needed
Oil        - 2 tablsp
Mustard        - ¼ tsp
Urad dal        - ¼ tsp
Cumin       - ¼ tsp
Curry leaf      - 1 sprig
Palakottai Masala / Poriyal Method:
Cut palakottai in to half and remove the white skin. Cook palakottai with salt for one whistle. Drain the water and set aside. Chop onion, tomato, garlic and ginger finely.
Palakottai Masala / Poriyal
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard, urad dal and cumin seeds. When it crackle add curry leaf, garlic, ginger and onion one by one. Then add tomatoes and sauté for about few minutes.
Palakottai Masala / Poriyal

Add cooked palakottai, sambar powder, turmeric and salt(remember you add salt while cooking palakottai ) and sauté. Sprinkle little water and cover the pan with a lid and cook.
Palakottai Masala / Poriyal

When the water evaporates and the masala becomes dry you switch off the stove. Serve with rice.

Palakottai Masala / Poriyal

Note:
Cook palakottai for one whistle or else it will become mushy.
Add spices according to your taste.
If you want you can add little garam masala powder too.
If you want you can add onion, tomato, ginger and garlic or else make it plain.

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